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"express" in British English

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expressverb [T]

uk   /ɪkˈspres/ us   /ɪkˈspres/
  • express verb [T] (SHOW)

B2 to show a feeling, opinion, or fact: Her eyes expressed deep sadness. I would like to express my thanks for your kindness. Words can't express how happy I am. These figures are expressed as a percentage of the total.
express yourself
B2 to communicate what you think or feel, by speaking or writing, or in some other way: I'm afraid I'm not expressing myself very clearly. Children often express themselves in painting.

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expressadjective [before noun]

uk   /ɪkˈspres/ us   /ɪkˈspres/

expressadverb

uk   /ɪkˈspres/ us   /ɪkˈspres/

expressnoun

uk   /ɪkˈspres/ us   /ɪkˈspres/
(Definition of express from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"express" in American English

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expressverb [T]

us   /ɪkˈspres/
  • express verb [T] (SHOW)

to show a feeling or idea by what you say or do or by how you look: She’s expressed interest in doing some camping. Several victims expressed disappointment at the small amount of money they were offered. He wrote to express his sympathy after the death of her mother. The program tries to get students to express themselves verbally.

expressadjective

us   /ɪkˈspres/
  • express adjective (FAST)

[not gradable] (esp. of transportation or a service) fast, or direct: The express train makes very few stops.
  • express adjective (CLEAR)

clearly and intentionally stated: It was her express wish that art collection be given to the university’s museum.

expressnoun [C]

us   /ɪkˈspres/
  • express noun [C] (TRAIN/BUS)

a train or bus that does not stop at many places on its route and therefore is faster in getting people to where they want to go: Change here to get the express.
(Definition of express from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"express" in Business English

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expressverb [T]

uk   /ɪkˈspres/ us  
to state an opinion or fact, or say how you feel about something: express doubts/reservations International observers had expressed growing doubts that the balloting would be fair. express appreciation/gratitude/satisfactionexpress interest He said that a Chinese technology company had expressed interest in acquiring an American manufacturer of disk drives.express concern Some board members expressed concern about the proposal.
COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORT to send a package or letter somewhere by a method that is faster than usual: She says she expressed the documents yesterday.
to show an amount or quantity in a particular way: express sth as sth Expense ratios are a mutual fund's cost of doing business and are expressed as a percentage of your assets in the plan.express sth in sth The rates of duty listed below are expressed in pounds sterling.

expressadjective [only before noun]

uk   /ɪkˈspres/ us  
COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORT sent using a service that sends packages and letters faster than is possible with the usual method: Did she send it by express mail? I have an express package for you.
existing for the purpose of doing something quickly: If you have bags to check, you can do it curbside or at the express check-in.
TRANSPORT able to travel at a high speed and not stopping often : express buses
LAW clearly stated and agreed, often as a part of a contract: All payments were made with the express approval of both governments. He will be the main witness at hearings, called for the express purpose of spotlighting his views on climate change.
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expressadverb

uk   /ɪkˈspres/ us  
COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORT using a service that sends packages and letters faster than is possible with the usual method: Send the letter express, next-day delivery.

expressnoun

uk   /ɪkˈspres/ us  
[C] TRANSPORT a fast train or bus that does not stop often: The express skips stops to make the trip faster.
[U] COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORT a service that sends packages and letters faster than is possible with the usual method: The package should arrive by express today.
(Definition of express from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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